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If you are planning a recording project, it's a good idea to purchase a drive to store it on. The studio has lots of drive space, and we can easily store several concurrent album projects, but in the end you'll want to have a drive of your own to store it on. In general, you either want a 7200 r.p.m. drive that is somewhere between 500 gigabytes and 1 terabyte, or the same size SSD. Larger sizes are OK, though you won't need that much space for your project; typical album projects take up anywhere from 100 to 250 gigabytes of space. Just remember, the bigger the drive, the more stuff disappears when it fails, as all drives eventually must. 

You might also want to consider a backup drive. There is nothing worse than spending lots of time, money and effort, only to see it disappear on a failed drive. The digital world brings may conveniences, but one of the major problems is that data is essentially ephemeral. Keeping it alive is a commitment.

Firewire and USB 2 drives are not recommended, and SATA-only drives cannot be connected to our system. USB 3 or Thunderbolt are all OK. Solid state drives (SSD) are also a great option, and may in the end outlast most spinning-disk drives.

The drive should be for the exclusive use of your recording project, and should be formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) using the Disk Utility found in the Utilities folder on any modern Macintosh. If you bring your drive to us directly from the store, we will format it for you.

We don't recommend formatting your drive using the new Macintosh APFS file system, since it makes it less compatible with older systems, but we can mount and use it if necessary.


If you want to use your session on a Windows machine running Pro Tools, you may format the drive using FAT32. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the drive be formatted using NTFS, as we will not be able to write to the drive. Note that if your drive is formatted FAT32, we will record the session using our drives and transfer the session to your drive. 

A good, reliable drive is not as cheap as some of the drives you can find online, but we recommend you spend the extra money for a good drive. Your recording is a precious investment of time, money and artistic resources - why entrust it to a cheap drive?

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